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#444804 - 10/12/07 08:05 PM Re: Cheap and easy trails [Re: Knothead]
Foggy54
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Hate to admit it but once I hunted a new Farm, In the after noon I found a stand built years ago.
Decided to hunt from it that afternoon, The next morning decided to hunt from it again.
Got out there at O-dark-30 walked in and looked all over for that stand. Decided to just sit at the base of a tree.
When day light came I was sitting 20 feet from the stand. Markers would have been nice that day.
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#444809 - 10/12/07 08:07 PM Re: Cheap and easy trails [Re: Foggy54]
Foggy54
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Ps. Guess I don't have the Daniel Boone Gene..
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#445103 - 10/12/07 09:37 PM Re: Cheap and easy trails [Re: Foggy54]
Knothead
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 Originally Posted By: Foggy54
Hate to admit it but once I hunted a new Farm, In the after noon I found a stand built years ago.
Decided to hunt from it that afternoon, The next morning decided to hunt from it again.
Got out there at O-dark-30 walked in and looked all over for that stand. Decided to just sit at the base of a tree.
When day light came I was sitting 20 feet from the stand. Markers would have been nice that day.


Been there, done that.
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#445318 - 10/12/07 11:37 PM Re: Cheap and easy trails [Re: Knothead]
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Grumpaw
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I actually combine both systems. I like to hunt out of the way places and usually there is an old skidder trail or something that gets me within a few hundred yards, I will then set up a non-reflective natural marker where I need to leave the trail. As I head to my stand I will bend twigs down at eye level so in the morning with a light I can see them. I will mark my stand with two bright eyes so I can see it as I get close. I have taken to this system over the years due to stand theft. Its way to easy for a thief to come in at night and clean stands out of the woods. I will not get stolen from again because I gave them a nice reflective trail to my stand.
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#445708 - 10/13/07 12:49 PM Re: Cheap and easy trails [Re: Unicam]
Foggy54
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 Originally Posted By: Unicam
I actually combine both systems. I like to hunt out of the way places and usually there is an old skidder trail or something that gets me within a few hundred yards, I will then set up a non-reflective natural marker where I need to leave the trail. As I head to my stand I will bend twigs down at eye level so in the morning with a light I can see them. I will mark my stand with two bright eyes so I can see it as I get close. I have taken to this system over the years due to stand theft. Its way to easy for a thief to come in at night and clean stands out of the woods. I will not get stolen from again because I gave them a nice reflective trail to my stand.


Good points.
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#446540 - 10/13/07 10:02 PM Re: Cheap and easy trails [Re: Unicam]
Stovepipe
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 Originally Posted By: Unicam
I actually combine both systems. I like to hunt out of the way places and usually there is an old skidder trail or something that gets me within a few hundred yards, I will then set up a non-reflective natural marker where I need to leave the trail. As I head to my stand I will bend twigs down at eye level so in the morning with a light I can see them. I will mark my stand with two bright eyes so I can see it as I get close. I have taken to this system over the years due to stand theft. Its way to easy for a thief to come in at night and clean stands out of the woods. I will not get stolen from again because I gave them a nice reflective trail to my stand.
I was at Cheatham WMA about 10 years ago before hunters got savvy on that situation. Unlike the 'campers' there, I commuted in for the hunt for each day of the drawing... I would get their well before daylight and 'flashlight' my way in....It was kinda of comical driving down the access roads about 4am and seeing everybody's trail-blazer eyes tacked on every tree at 10 yard intervals down into the woods...I previously scouted my prospective location on the afternoon before and did something similar to what you did...only problem: the tree I put my double reflector eyes had an empty 'meat and three' styrofoam at the base of it...look like somebody ate dinner and took a nap there the eve before.. \:o
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#446805 - 10/14/07 08:19 AM Re: Cheap and easy trails [Re: Stovepipe]
Radar
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I used to make the reflective markers out of the 2" tape , cut in half lengthwise , then cut into 1/2" strips . The end result was hundreds of 1/2"x1" strips that I used tacks to attach to trees .
Now I don't bother ,and use Bright Eyes that I buy on sale at Walmart and the end of the season . \:D
As for keeping others off the trail , I might put a marker on the oppostire side of a road ,along with a few decoy tacks to lead them away from my stand .
I never put any tacks close to a road , and limit the useage in open areas . I also mark my tree with two tacks . I have never had a person find my trees I marked that I know of .


Edited by Radar (10/14/07 08:19 AM)
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#450183 - 10/15/07 08:39 PM Re: Cheap and easy trails [Re: Radar]
Mossy Rack
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I Know Im getting in on this a little late but I will definately
use the tape Thanks for the tip Droptine33
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#455563 - 10/18/07 11:14 AM Re: Cheap and easy trails [Re: HOOK]
CZ284
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Good idea- when you put the tape on the clothespins do you put it on both sides? That way you they'd be visible from either side, which is a big drawback in using tacks. Did I miss that in the initial suggestion?
Thanks.

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#458430 - 10/19/07 09:59 PM Re: Cheap and easy trails [Re: CZ284]
Knothead
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 Originally Posted By: CZ284
Good idea- when you put the tape on the clothespins do you put it on both sides? That way you they'd be visible from either side, which is a big drawback in using tacks. Did I miss that in the initial suggestion?
Thanks.


CZ, yes, I put tape on both sides.
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